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 History of this Word

"melano" is from "melan" (black) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"melano-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "dark" or "black" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

melano- illustration The deep ocean of melancholy is still there but only in a few aspects of my life.
melano- illustration The Melanochroi, or dark whites, differ from the fair whites in the darkening of the complexion to brownish and olive.